School of GeoSciences

Electron Probe Microanalysis (EPMA) Facility

The facility supports in-house research, as well as provides academic and commercial services in electron probe microanalysis and tephra analysis.

The Electron Probe Micro-Analyser (EPMA) is an analytical tool used to determine the chemical composition of small volumes of solid materials.  Its applications include Earth and environmental materials, archaeological sciences, and engineering.  Our EPMA analytical capabilities, combined with data processing software, form a very powerful and cost-effective tool for academic and industrial research.

We offer bespoke analytical set-ups for almost any element combination in solids such as minerals, glasses, metals and alloys, ceramics and biominerals. The facility has developed specialist applications for specific researchers and research communities, and since the 1990s we have served the UK-based and international Earth and environmental research communities via the Tephra Analysis Unit.  

The Electron Probe Microanalysis Facility is run in conjunction with:

Together, they form a unique suite of analytical instruments within the Edinburgh Materials and Micro-Analysis Centre (EMMAC).  The facilities are located within the School of GeoSciences, at the University of Edinburgh. 

The Edinburgh Materials and Micro-Analysis Centre (EMMAC)

Contact the EPMA Facility

Contact details and information on access to the facility and tephra analysis for staff, students and visitors. Enquiries from those interested in obtaining data are also welcome.

EPMA technical information

Find technical information including instrument specification and support equipment available. We have also provided information on sample preparation requirements.

EPMA applications

The Electron Probe Micro-Analyser, including tephra analysis, has a wide range of uses from palaeoclimate studies to economic and industrial applications.

Tephra Analysis Unit (TAU)

The Tephra Analysis Unit (TAU) is an internationally recognised centre for the electron probe microanalysis of volcanic glasses and melt inclusions.

Small Research Facility (SRF)

Our Electron Probe Microanalysis Facility  is operated as a Small Research Facility (SRF).

A Small Research Facility (SRF) is a facility or service provided by the School and used for research and teaching.  They are also available for use by the wider community such as external academic or commercial use.  Our SRF's are available for hire or on a consultancy basis.  These charges are recognised by grant funders and can therefore form part of a grant submission.

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